Prince Charles charity took £300,000 donation from Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin 

Prince Charles met a Russian oligarch with hyperlinks to Vladimir Putin the identical 12 months his charity accepted a £300,000 donation from the businessman.

The Prince’s Foundation acquired the money from a charity run by Moshe Kantor in 2020, regardless of the billionaire having been named on a ‘Putin list’ launched by the US Treasury in 2018.

Mr Kantor, who lives in a £31million mansion in Hampstead, north London, was sanctioned by the UK in April after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the Moscow-born oligarch had already spent years forging ties with Putin, whereas funnelling greater than £15.5million into British establishments, together with a £3million pledge to the Prince’s Foundation.

The revelations have sparked recent issues over Charles’s dealings with controversial donors after experiences that he ‘brokered’ a donation from the household of Osama Bin Laden – which Clarence House has denied.

Mr Kantor, 68, who’s value an estimated £3.5billion, has met Putin on at the least seven events. The Russian president was a keynote speaker on the World Holocaust Forum in January 2020, organised by Mr Kantor. Charles additionally delivered a speech and was pictured deep in dialog with the oligarch.

Moshe Kantor, 68, donated £300,000 to Prince Charles' charity in 2020 and met the Prince in the same year

Moshe Kantor, 68, donated £300,000 to Prince Charles’ charity in 2020 and met the Prince in the identical 12 months 

Mr Kantor is estimated to be worth £3.5 billion and was sanctioned by the UK in April after Russia¿s invasion of Ukraine

Mr Kantor is estimated to be value £3.5 billion and was sanctioned by the UK in April after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The identical 12 months, the Prince’s Foundation accepted a second £300,000 donation from Mr Kantor’s charity.

It adopted a cost of the identical quantity in 2019, which was the primary instalment of a £3million pledge to be paid over ten years.

Clarence House mentioned: ‘As with all donations, the decision to accept this money would have rested with the charity’s trustees.’

Last week, it emerged that the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) secured a £1million donation from the household of Osama Bin Laden after Charles held a non-public assembly with the terrorist’s half-brother, Bakr, at Clarence House in 2013.

Clarence House mentioned the PWCF’s trustees accepted the donation with out the prince’s involvement.

It got here simply weeks after it was revealed that Charles personally acquired £860,000 in Fortnum and Mason service baggage as one among three money funds totalling £2.5million from a former Qatari prime minister to the PWCF.

Separately, the prince faces being interviewed by police after it was alleged his closest aide supplied to assist a Saudi billionaire get a knighthood and British citizenship in trade for ‘generous’ donations to his basis.

Royal sources have insisted Charles had no data of any alleged deal.

But ex-Lib Dem minister Norman Baker, who filed a felony grievance concerning the matter final 12 months, mentioned: ‘The Prince’s Foundation has an extended historical past of accepting cash from unsavoury characters. It now seems that you simply add to the listing an oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin.

‘Either the Prince’s Foundation failed to hold out due diligence or it merely doesn’t care.’

The Charity Commission froze the accounts of the Kantor Charitable Foundation after its founder was added to Britain’s sanctions listing.

Mr Kantor is the biggest shareholder of fertiliser agency Acron, which has ‘vital strategic significance for the Russian government’, in response to the Foreign Office.

The Prince’s Foundation mentioned the choice to just accept the Kantor donations was ‘based on the information available at the time, rather than information which subsequently comes to light’.

Mr Kantor, who has Russian, British and Israeli citizenship, was named by the US in 2018 as one among 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs on its ‘Putin list’, printed after alleged Russian meddling in its 2016 election.

Washington mentioned inclusion on the listing was ‘determined by closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth’, however didn’t point out the US had proof of involvement in ‘malign activities’.

A spokesman for Mr Kantor mentioned it was ‘false and groundless’ to say he had ties to Putin and the depiction of him as ‘a Russian oligarch is flawed and offensive’.

He added that Mr Kantor’s conferences with Putin have been in his capability as president of the European Jewish Congress and World Holocaust Forum.

And it was ‘perfectly normal’ for his charity to donate to UK establishments, on condition that he and his household have lived in Britain for greater than ten years, the spokesman mentioned.